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HEERF Funding Request

The College of Engineering has received HEERF funds for the 21-22 school year to help mitigate the effects of COVID on academic achievement, sense of community, and retention of our current, new, and future students. The College will fund and will implement a set of programs to address these issues. Further, the funding includes opportunities for student organizations, CoE departments, and other CoE organizations to request funding for activities that support these goals.

Below are the opportunities available for funding requests and links to the request form. Once requests are received, the requests will be reviewed, and the requester will be notified whether their request has been approved. Once approval is received, the requester will implement their activity. Costs for the activity will be paid by the College from this grant in collaboration with the requester. Payment may be made directly for expenses or in the form or reimbursements.

Student Organization Funding Opportunities

To promote a sense of belonging for freshmen along with future leadership possibilities, Engineering Student Organizations will develop plans for sustainable on-going engagement activities with emphasis on engaging with and mentoring freshman students. Organizations can request funding to develop and implement new activities that also include planning for sustaining the activity without this funding in the future.

The goal is to transition new freshman students, who have had limited community interaction due to COVID, into UTA and Engineering. Activities should enhance student's sense of belonging at UTA and in engineering and increase the likelihood of success by creating opportunities for students to connect with their engineering peers and with the UTA community.

To engage new transfer students in the community of the College, Engineering Student Organizations will develop plans for sustainable on-going engagement activities with emphasis on connecting with new transfer students. Organizations can request funding to develop and implement new activities that also include planning for sustaining the activity without this funding in the future.

The goal is to transition new students, who have had limited community interaction due to COVID, into UTA and Engineering. Events should enhance student's connection to Engineering and sense of belonging to increase the likelihood of success at UTA by creating opportunities for students to connect with the UTA community, especially with their engineering peers.

To increase the success and retention of students who are underrepresented in engineering, Engineering Student Organizations will develop plans for sustainable on-going engagement activities with emphasis on connecting with students of color, women, students with disabilities, veterans, LBGTQ+ students, first-generation students, rural students, and other populations that are underrepresented in engineering. Organizations can request funding to develop and implement new activities that also include planning for sustaining the activity without this funding in the future.

The goal is to connect more fully with students who are underrepresented in engineering, especially those who may have had limited interaction with the UTA Engineering community due to COVID. Events should enhance student's sense of belonging and likelihood of success at UTA by creating opportunities for students to strengthen their bonds with the UTA community, especially with their engineering peers.

Process to Request Funding by and for Student Organization Activities

Plans should include a description of the activity, the goal of the activity, the funding requested and how the funding will be used, descriptions of how the event/activity will be advertised to freshmen, and plans for continuing the event/activity in future years without this funding. Examples of activities that could be proposed would be tutoring clinics for freshman courses or for courses new transfer take; creating peer mentor activities for upperclassmen and freshmen or between current students who were transfers and new transfer students; social activities with specific focus for freshmen or for new transfers or with a goal of including a diverse population; leadership development events, and many others.

Student organization requests will be reviewed by the COE Assistant Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA) and the Director of Engineering Student Services (ESS). After approval and in coordination with the ADSA, the COE Student Organization Advisor/Leadership submits all paperwork/receipts for event/activity expenses and a report including outcomes and future plan.

Submit a Funding Proposal as a Student Organization

Engineering Departments, Committees, Faculty, and Staff Funding Opportunities

To accentuate and amplify the experiential, project-based and creative nature of engineering disciplines, COE departments, committees, faculty, and/or staff will request funding to support undergraduate students, especially students that are underrepresented in Engineering, to participate in research with COE faculty members by helping to defray costs associated with that research (e.g., supplies). These REU students will participate in the Innovation Day research symposium held each spring. COVID-19 has impacted the ability of students and faculty to conduct these research experiences, so this funding is designed to reinvigorate the REU program which will benefit students’ education.

The goal is to use the vehicle of undergraduate research to improve student retention and increase the sense of belonging and likelihood of success at UTA. Further goals include adding value for our students through application of course knowledge, practice with communicating their work, and potential preparation for graduate school especially for students that are underrepresented in Engineering such as women, African American, Latino students, etc.

To support the development of student self-efficacy in Engineering, improve experiences with teamwork and mentoring, and increase retention in populations of underrepresented students, COE committees, faculty, and/or staff will request funding to support these students in multi-disciplinary activities. One example is a student affinity group, modeled on a similar group at UT Austin, with a specific focus on Black and Latino students. Funds to initiate this and other multi-disciplinary activities would provide an opportunity to implement meaningful retention strategies.

The goal is to create at least one affinity group and implement activities to improve student connection to the field of engineering, to provide mentoring and role models for these underrepresented populations, and to increase the sense of belonging and likelihood of success at UTA.

Every COE department has at least one introductory course that educates students about their field of study. These COE intro courses in each department include the academic and co-curricular activities that allow for foundational learning and the acquisition of success strategies. In order to address the needs of new students who have had limited direct academic interaction due to COVID and who are transitioning to a new collegiate environment from what may have been a primarily virtual high school or community college environment in the past year, UTA Engineering departments will provide hands-on experiences and enhanced preparatory skills in their introductory courses to increase the success of these students coming into engineering disciplines.

Department representatives will submit an online application/proposal for ways in which they can use additional funds to enhance projects that increase experiential learning, and/or integrate additional academic and success skills in their introductory courses.

Every COE undergraduate program requires its students to complete a senior design project as a requirement to complete their degree program. These projects are critical in consolidating students’ cumulative knowledge and understanding key program concepts that are usually readily applicable to projects in the workplace. The experiences of UTA students during COVID have shown some opportunities to enhance our programs to make them more robust for future unexpected situations so that students are well prepared regardless of the circumstances of their schooling. Proposed enhancements to these capstone Senior Design courses should support successful transition of our current students into the workforce by strengthening the structure and content of the senior design capstone courses to insure that students in a variety of settings can successfully complete this vital component of their education.

Department representatives will submit an online application/proposal for ways in which they can use additional funds to enhance senior design courses, structure, and/or projects

Process to Request Funding for and by Departments, Committees, Faculty, and/or Staff

Funding requests should include a description of the activity, the goal of the activity, the funding requested and how the funding will be used, descriptions of how the activity will be advertised to targeted students, and plans for continuing the activity in future years without this funding.

Requests will be reviewed by the COE Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Director of Engineering Student Services (ESS). After approval and in coordination with the Assoc. Dean and ESS Director, the requester submits all paperwork/receipts for event/activity expenses and a report including outcomes and future plan.

Submit a Funding Proposal as a Department/Committees/Faculty/Staff